Sure, he might not have topped last year’s pirate gag, but Barack Obama
was pretty darn funny at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, busting out some real zingers for the White House press corps and other Washington heavyweights like, uh, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber
. “I’m glad only person whose ratings fell more than mine last night is here. Good to see you, Jay,” he quipped. “I’m glad I’m speaking first because we’ve all seen what happens to someone who takes the time slot after Leno’s.” He also got in some good knocks on others. After pointing to the Jonas Brothers in the crowd, he said, “Speaking of tween heartthrobs, Scott Brown
is here. You should be aware that Scott is not the only one with a salacious photo spread going around. Recently, David Axelrod was offered a centerfold. I didn’t know Krispy Kreme had a catalogue.” Ha! Does Conan need an opening act? [Huffington Post
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Roman Polanski, who has dual citizenship in Poland and France, reportedly enlisted French President Nicolas Sarkozy in his bid for leniency in his child-sex case, according to the French newspaper L’Express. Polanski had Sarkozy hand-deliver a letter to President Barack Obama during last week’s nuclear weapons summit. In the missive, Polanski wrote that he believed the 47 days he spent in a California jail in 1977 and two months he spent confined in a Swiss jail last year were enough punishment for his now 32-year-old case. A spokesperson from Obama’s press office had no knowledge of the letter yesterday, but something tells me Obama, a father of two daughters, wouldn’t tarnish his presidency by getting involved in Polanski’s case. [E! Online] Keep reading »
I’m not going to lie, this story makes my eyes tear up. In 2007, Lisa Pond, of Florida, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and a few hours later at the hospital, she died alone, without her kids or the person she’d spent the last 18 years of her life with. Lisa Pond died this way because she was a lesbian.
Yesterday, President Obama called Pond’s former partner, Janice Langbehn, to inform her that he mandated all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding — which are most in the country — must extend visitation rights to same-sex couples. This mandate, which should go into effect in a few months, will allow a gay or lesbian partner to not only make medical decisions for their ill or injured loved one, but also to be there during the last moments of their life. In the past, LGBT partners who are not legally married have been refused by hospitals’ “relatives-only” policies. Keep reading »
Usually I couldn’t give two figs about a basketball game … but this weekend, President Obama was on TV playing “HORSE” on the White House courts with CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg. (They didn’t call it “HORSE,” though; they called it “POTUS”!) They chitchat about the Final Four tournament and Obama plugs his wife’s Let’s Move! program, too.
Cute video. Listening to the President smack-talk is pretty funny. But next time, lose the button-down shirt and tie on the court, ‘kay? [YouTube] Keep reading »